Steven Escar Smith is dean of libraries at the University of Tennessee’s flagship campus in Knoxville. In this role, Smith administers the John C. Hodges Main Library and three branch libraries with emphases in music, social work, and agriculture and veterinary medicine, and oversees a budget of $20 million and a collection of more than 3.5 million print and electronic volumes. The UT Libraries ranks 25th among major US public research libraries.
Smith was formerly associate dean for collections, services, and advancement at Texas A&M University. At TAMU, Smith oversaw fundraising initiatives that resulted in more than $19 million in cash and gifts to support the library’s mission in addition to securing the two largest outright gifts in the library’s history. Over the course of his career, Smith has led numerous library renovation and construction projects, led the implementation and integration of numerous programs and services, and built collections of international standing.
He serves and has served in numerous state, regional, and national library and higher education initiatives and organizations. He is currently on the board of the Association of Southeastern Research Libraries and state of Tennessee Advisory Council on Libraries. Recognized internationally for his expertise in building rare and special collections, Smith led recruitment of major humanities collections during his direction of TAMU’s Cushing Memorial Library and Archives. He was co-PI on an NEH-funded grant to create a hypertext archive of images associated with the Don Quixote. At UT, he continues an emphasis on building special and digital collections.
He currently holds an adjunct appointment in the School of Information Sciences at the University of Tennessee, and previously held adjunct graduate faculty appointments in the Department of English at TAMU and in the School of Information and Library Sciences at the University of North Texas.
Smith holds bachelor’s and master’s degrees in English literature, and a master’s degree in librarianship from the University of South Carolina, as well as a doctorate in English literature from Texas A&M.
Steve Smith Curriculum Vitae (PDF file)